MRI uses a magnetic field to acquire cross sectional images of your anatomy. Unlike conventional radiography and Computed Tomographic (CT) imaging, which make use of radiation (X-rays), MRI imaging is based on the magnetic properties of atoms. Several sets of images are usually acquired, each one ranging in duration from 2 to 8 minutes.
During the scan it is important that you remain very still so as to get a clear image from the scan. A complete scan may take from 20 minutes to one hour. The radiographer performing the scan will explain the length of scan and answer any questions prior to entering the scan room.
The Galway Clinic has recently installed a Philips 3.0T MRI scanner. The 3.0T is designed to avoid compromise, to provide better more consistent image quality.
Designed with patients in mind it has been developed for a wide diversity of patients with different physical conditions, age and size in mind. The 3.0T scanner has features that will put patients at ease during their scan.
Music will be played during your scan to help eliminate the banging noise emitted by the machine while it is making a scan.
If you have any queries about MRI, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Radiography team who are happy to answer any questions you may have 091 785554
Please note all patients must be referred by a GP or Consultant for a MRI scan.
If you do not have Private Health Insurance the self paying price is €295